ICAO/McGill Pre-Assembly Symposium

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ICAO and McGill University's Institute of Air & Space Law are again cooperating for the fourth ICAO/McGill Pre-Assembly Symposium, from 21 to 22 September 2013, at ICAO Headquarters in Montréal. This Symposium will address key issues identified by ICAO and McGill University in the air transport economics and navigation fields at the operational, management and policy levels.


The principal objective of the Symposium is to provide State delegates, industry representatives and other air transport stakeholders with a preparatory forum for the 38th Session of the ICAO Assembly that starts on 24 September 2013.


Top-level speakers will address in interactive panel discussions key issues related to air transport’s sustainable development. With the newest technologies and profitability as important guideposts, the Symposium will look at innovative ways to enhance air transport connectivity, including through the following questions: 


    • How are air passengers and freight impacted by impediments to operational efficiency?
    • How do we enhance seamless connectivity between air transport and other transportation modes?
    • How to secure the billion dollars needed to finance infrastructure and air navigation systems?
    • How do we ensure that the inherent advantages of air transport (i.e. speed) are not eroded by regulatory, technological, procedural and structural impediments to efficiency?
    • How well does existing and future technology facilitate the flow of passengers, air freight and air traffic management?
    • Do security, safety and consumer protection laws and regulations serve the public well?
    • What are the tools, policies and best practices that will foster regulatory harmonization across boundaries?
    • How can ICAO improve cooperation at a global level?


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